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So much to lose, but more to gainWeight-loss surgery helps man lose 285 pounds
Cree was so large his chiropractor was unable to manipulate his back, which would go out from rolling over in bed. The chiropractor recommended Cree contact Sanford Health for gastric bypass surgery. Sanford Health was named a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, a prestigious award recognizing surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes.
Cree attended a Sanford Health weight-loss surgery information session in Minot. There, he visited with friends who underwent the surgery and recommended Sanford Health. Now, it’s Cree who recommends Sanford Health and the procedure to others.
While people might readily associate the more immediate savings on medications and co-payments, the benefits are far reaching into their futures. Those who get their weight under control will require fewer medical appointments which means less time off needed at the workplace, which is a benefit to the economy. Women who struggled with infertility have become pregnant after their weight was controlled. Patients who were once on disability related to their obesity are able to return to work.
Back on his feet
“I have more energy than I know what to do with,” Cree said. He dropped 100 pounds the first year and ultimately achieved an amazing 285-pound weight loss. He no longer has problems getting up from the floor by himself. He’s climbing ladders again, and worked last summer cutting down trees and doing lawn maintenance. “I do a lot of things now that people don’t believe someone my age can do,” he said.
Cree now makes use of his push mower and enjoys caring for his flower beds, something he wasn’t able to do before his weight loss.
He’s become used to introducing himself to people who no longer recognize him. “That’s still a great feeling,” Cree said.
“I still attend the informational sessions in Minot with my before-and-after photos and encourage people attending to consider the procedure.
“I honestly don’t think I would still be here if I hadn’t had the surgery,” he said. “I would recommend it to anybody. I feel great. It was well worth it.”
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